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Dan Berger awarded grant to study labor movement origins of affirmative action

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger was awarded a Faculty Labor Research Grant by the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies to study the labor movement origins of the fight for affirmative action in the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, he is looking at how working class Black organizers sought affirmative action across three interrelated domains: the university, labor unions, and ...

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Dan Berger: In a Pandemic, Prisons are a Problem

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an article in the UW Center for Human Rights website on the problem pandemics pose for prison. "While Washington state has ostensibly abolished the death penalty, its approach to incarceration now puts thousands of people at risk–in and out of prison–of a most painful and preventable death due to coronavirus," Berger writes. "The safest measure to “flatten the curve” ...

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IAS faculty members receive funding to host speakers and events

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This fall quarter 5 IAS faculty received funding to host speakers and events on campus. Jennifer Atkinson brought Tulalip storyteller and master wood carver Kelly Moses in October who spoke about the relationship between Salish people and the forests in our region; he also shared examples of his artwork. The event was co-sponsored by Social Justice Organizers (SJO) and the Diversity Center. Dan Berger will ...

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Dan Berger on criminal justice reform plans proposed by Sanders and Warren

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger coauthored an op-ed for In These Times on the criminal justice reform plans proposed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Berger and his coauthor, independent scholar and abolitionist Kay Whitlock, described the plans as "exciting steps forward" but also limited--particularly since most incarceration happens at the state rather than federal level. "Discussing their strengths and weaknesses ...

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Dan Berger on the critical, overlooked history of WA's prison abolition movement

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In Crosscut, IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an op-ed about the history of prison abolitionist organizing in Washington state. Berger highlighted the state's role as a national leader in thinking about prison policy, prison reform, and alternatives to prison. The article focuses on efforts by incarcerated people, including the prisoner newspapers archived in the Washington Prison History Project, as well as ...

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